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Here are some of the Physical Science scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

M. Hildred Blewett Scholarship

Deadline June 1st every year. To enable women to return to physics research careers after having had to interrupt those careers. The fellowship consists of a one-year award of up to $45,000 (applicants can apply in a subsequent year for one additional year of support). Allowed expenses include dependent care (limited to 50% of the award), salary, travel, equipment, and tuition and fees. Overhead charges by the institution are not allowed. Eligibility & Selection Criteria Applicants must: Currently be a citizen, legal resident, or resident alien of the United States or Canada. Have completed work toward a PhD. Provide written proof from a U.S. or Canadian institution that the applicant will have institutional affiliation during the tenure of the grant. Institutional affiliation at the time of application is not necessary. In selecting fellowship recipients, the following criteria will be considered: Qualifications of applicant, Status of career before break, Steps the applicant has taken to return to physics research, Relationship of the applicant to the research community, Relationship of project and award to future plans, Scholarly significance of the project, Quality and feasibility of the project design and timeline.

Extrusion Division/Lew Erwin Memorial Scholarship

One award of $2,500 is made each year to support undergraduate or graduate research in the field of polymer extrusion. Applicants ,ust be workong on a Senior or MS project which the scholarship will help support. The project must be described in writing, including background, objective, and proposed experiments. The recipients will be expected to furnish a final research summary report. Criteria: 1. Applicants must have a demonstrated or expressed interest in the plastics industry. 2. Applicants must be majoring in or taking courses that would be beneficial to a career in the plastics industry. This would include but is not limited to plastics engineering, polymer science, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and business administration. 3. An applicant must be in good academic standing with his or her college. 4. Financial need of applicant will be considered.

Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans Scholarship

Scholarships of $2,500 are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans and reservists and National Guard personnel of the Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations. Candidates must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at accredited two- or four-year institutions in the United States. Distance-learning or online programs affiliated with a major U.S. institution are eligible. Scholarships will be available for the fall and spring semesters. Eligibility: Applications are requested from U.S. Armed Forces and National Guard personnel either currently on active-duty or honorably discharged veterans or reservists who have served in either Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom. Applicants must be currently enrolled and attending either a two-year or four-year accredited college or university in the United States. Students may also be enrolled in an accredited distance-learning or online degree program affiliated with a major, accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States. Applications will be accepted from qualified sophomores and juniors, and senior undergraduate students enrolled either part-time or full-time in an eligible degree program. Candidates must be majoring in the following or related fields: electrical, aerospace, systems or computer engineering; computer engineering technology; computer information systems; information systems management; computer science; physics; mathematics; or science or mathematics education. Majors directly related to the support of U.S. intelligence or homeland security enterprises with relevance to the mission of AFCEA will also be eligible. No minimum GPA requirement. Primary factors considered in the selection process are demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and financial need. A copy of either a Certificate of Service or Discharge Form DD214 will be required. Important: In addition to the online application, other required documents include: current transcript issued by the school Registrar's Office and at least two letters of recommendation from relevant faculty. Instructions for electronic submission of the recommendation letters will be provided to the endorsers as part of the on-line application process - please do not mail separately. Letters will be addressed to: Mr. Fred H. Rainbow Vice President and Executive Director AFCEA Educational Foundation 4400 Fair Lakes Court Fairfax, VA 22033 An official transcript reflecting all college-level study will also be required by the deadline date - electronic submission preferred. If electronic submission is not possible, please send official document to the AFCEA address listed above to arrive by the deadline date.

NDSE: Department of Defense National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program

Seeks to increase the number of U.S. citizens trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. Fellowships are awarded to students at or near the beginning of their graduate study for coursework and research leading to doctoral degrees in mathematical, physical, biological, ocean, and engineering sciences. Preference is given to certain specified subject areas. Selection criteria include academic qualifications, goals, potential as a scientist/engineer, and performance in independent study or research-participation programs. The three-year fellowship covers full tuition and required fees at any U.S. university offering an appropriate program, and provides a stipend. Fewer than 100 awards are made annually in a highly competitive selection process.

Department of Defense (DoD) Scholarship

The Department of Defense (DoD) mission of STEM is to foster an interest in and raise awareness in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationwide to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce. In support of this mission, the DoD has partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to offer twenty-five (25) full scholarships to qualified high school graduating seniors. Applicants must demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and MUST chose to study in one of these fields to apply. Scholarship Full, 4-year renewable scholarship, capped at $15,000 per year (for a total not to exceed $60,000) Full Scholarship is defined as: in-state tuition plus all mandatory fees, room & board factoring in other available non-loan resources Recipients must meet certain GPA, conduct, and STEM degree persistence goals each academic year to remain eligible for renewal SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA All students nominated for this program must meet the following minimum criteria to qualify for a scholarship: Graduating high school senior at time of application Have a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale Have taken and earned a grade of “B” or better in Pre-calculus or higher math course Have a demonstrated financial need ● Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 Students must plan to and remain enrolled full-time at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), with a preference for students attending publicly-supported HBCUs Students must pursue an undergraduate degree in a STEM related discipline, including but not limited to the following: mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, physics, civil engineering, biosciences, chemical engineering, computer science/technology, computer engineering, environmental science and geosciences APPLICATION PROCESS The scholarship application and selection process is competitive. To apply, students must complete the following: Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA) Personal (video) and/or telephonic interview Submit resume showcasing community service, jobs/internships, leadership Submit high school transcript indicating (cumulative GPA, weighted and unweighted, must appear on the transcript) ACT and/or SAT score Two Recommendation Letters Academic - a STEM teacher who is able to discuss academic achievements and potential for success in a STEM major once enrolled in college Character - a mentor/advisor/community leader who can speak to leadership potential and character Essay: In a minimum of 750 words, please address the following: Describe your interest in STEM studies, commitment to achieving a degree in this area, and long-term professional goals

Thermoforming Division/Ed Segen Memorial Schp

Thermoforming Division/Ed Segen Memorial Scholarships are available to graduate or undergraduate students in science, engineering and related disciplines who show interest in pursuing a career in the thermoforming industry. Applicants must be attending a 4-year college or graduate school that offers courses, research or related activities in thermoforming. Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better; undergraduates must have completed at least two (2) years of credits. Two $5,000 scholarships are awarded annually to graduate or undergraduate students who are pursuing a career in the plastics industry. Applicants must have experience in the thermoforming industry, such as courses taken, research conducted or jobs held. Criteria: 1. Applicants must have a demonstrated or expressed interest in the plastics industry. 2. Applicants must be majoring in or taking courses that would be beneficial to a career in the plastics industry. This would include but is not limited to plastics engineering, polymer science, chemistry, physics, chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering and business administration. 3. An applicant must be in good academic standing with his or her college. 4. Financial need of applicant will be considered.

The Robert Birr Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Scholarship awards to students studying a technical field, including but not limited to electrical engineering, computer science or physics. Application form required. Deadline(s): May 5 Limited to residents of Ohio.

AISES Travel Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA - Applicants MUST meet all of the following criteria: 1. Must have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA). 2. Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four year college/university, or a full-time student at a two year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree. 3. Majoring in one of the following college disciplines at a accredited 4-year college or university: * Math * Medicine * Physical Science * Technology * Science * Engineering * Natural Resources 4. Must be a member of an American Indian tribe or otherwise considered to be an American Indian by the tribe with which affiliation is claimed; or is at least 1/4 American Indian blood; or is at least 1/4 Alaskan Native; or considered to be an Alaskan Native by an Alaskan Native group to which affiliation is claimed. 5. Must be a member of AISES. To obtain an AISES membership go to http://www.aises.org/membership/

Payzer Scholarship

Applicants must be students accepted or enrolled in an institute of higher learning. Applicants must seek a major, and declare intention to pursue a professional career, in engineering, mathematics, or physical or biological sciences.

UNCF/Merck Science Initiative

Classifications: Undergraduate Junior, Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate DoctoralMinimum GPA: 3.0Eligible Majors: Pre-Medicine, Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology, Biotechnical, Biomedical Research, Health, Medicine, Comp Biology, Animal Science, Chemical EngineeringEligible Schools: OpenEligible Locations: Open Scholarship Detail:This $20 million, 10-year program is dedicated to expanding the pool of African American biomedical scientists. Students must be undergraduate juniors (3.3 GPA), graduate students, or postdoctoral fellows majoring in the life or physical sciences. Donor/Sponsor Name: Merck Company Foundation

Roger & Ruth Pruitt Physics Scholarship

Preference to deserving students with a minimum 3.0 GPA.

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